The Red Raiders ranked No. 4 in scoring offense the high-octane Big 12 and could be as big a challenge to the South Florida defense as Central Florida was.
INJURY REPORT: Justin Stockton (concussion) is probable for Texas Tech today, while Derrick Willies (disciplinary) is questionable and D.J. Polite-Bray (disciplinary) is out for the year. USF had over 400 yards of offense in the second half after a lackluster first half showing, and the Bulls edges the Red Raiders in first downs with 27 to Texas Tech's 26. He'll begin the draft process in earnest at the East-West Shrine Game in January.
The Texas Tech offense did the rest, engineering a six-play, 28-yard drive which was capped off by Nic Shimonek throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Cantrell on the left side of the endzone for the 17-10 lead with 11:25 left in the third.
Then South Florida marches down the field, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman.
After a goal line stance by Texas Tech early in the 4th, USF ties it up at 24-24 with a 5 yard touchdown run by Flowers.
Texas Tech outgained South Florida, 356-320, in total yards but both teams turned the ball over twice and committed an absurd amount of penalties.
Key Player: Flowers. The South Florida quarterback played like a man on fire in the final quarter and threw two touchdown passes to Scantling and McCants to get the win over Texas Tech.
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South Florida's most impactful player is quarterback Quinton Flowers, who can make plays in the air and on the ground.
Texas Tech went three-and-out on the ensuing drive but linebacker Kolin Hill recovered a fumble for the Red Raiders on the first play of South Florida's next possession. This time the Red Raiders couldn't seal the deal. Flowers also set school records for career touchdown passes and rushing yards, finishing with 34 school or conference marks.
With 13:16 left in the second quarter, the Tech defense only allowed Flowers three completions out of 11 passes for 31 yards.
Late in the third, Texas Tech's defense came up big with a red zone stop forged by Dakota Allen and it's a turnover on downs.
Texas Tech drove into USF territory but only came way with a 33-yard field goal from Hatfield.
Flowers threw a 64-yard touchdown bomb to Marquez Valdez-Scantling.
He cashed in this time with a 5-yard touchdown run to tie it with 9:30 left. Vasher on the game's final play fell short of the end zone, completed 32 of his 59 pass attempts on the day.